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The music of composer David Dies (b. 1972) has been performed in venues around the world, including London, Lima, New York City, Chicago, Lenox MA, Ithaca NY, and Madison WI, where he has been both student and teacher. Sopranos Mimmi Fulmer and Judith Kellock, cellist Jakub Omsky, pianist Christopher Taylor and bassoonist Marc Vallon, among others, are featured on a new recording, agevolmente, which will be released in early 2011 on the Albany label. Other notable performances have been presented by soprano Catherine Verrilli, guitarist Lynn McGrath, percussionist Nathaniel Bartlett, soprano Denise Ritter, soprano Pam Igelsrud, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, and the UW-Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He currently teaches music theory and composition at Lawrence University in Appleton WI.

Recent works include a string quartet premiered in London, an unaccompanied setting of e.e. cummings, un(bee)mo, written for and recorded by sopranos Mimmi Fulmer and Judith Kellock, and a cello suite of “songs without words” intimately tied to Sephardic poetry, premiered at the Polish Consulate’s Residence in New York, NY. His Sonetos were premiered in March, 2008, by Lynn McGrath at the XIX Festival Internacional de Guitarra in Lima, Peru. As a student, his incidental music for SUNY-Potsdam's production of La Ronde was recognized with a Certificate of Merit from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His chamber opera, Hills Like White Elephants, on the story by Ernest Hemingway, was premiered in Madison in 2007 with soprano Lyssandra Walsh, tenor James Kryshak and mezzo-soprano Consuelo Sañudo, Grant Harville conducting.